The volunteer programme starts in Kuching, Malaysian Borneo and expands into the Indonesian part of Borneo, West Kalimantan. The first 3 days on tour will include a visit to Matang Wildlife Centre and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to demonstrate the work to date by The Great Orang-utan Project - including the chance to meet the resident orang-utans! Volunteers will then journey by air across the border to into West Kalimantan, to Ketapang. The project group will arrive at the heart of the rainforest, where the real challenge begins! Throughout your time on the project you’ll be toiling hard, making a real difference to orang-utans in Borneo, with plenty of spare time to experience the culture and outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding rainforests.
On the first few days of the tour, clients will bunk down in single or shared dormitory rooms with clean and simple shared bathroom facilities. During the volunteer period, clients will lodge in locally rented houses, close to the project site and with most basic mod-cons. This is a chance to get to know the locals better; after all, no one knows the jungle better than they do!
On the 5th day of each month
Kuching Airport, Sarawak, Malaysia
- The meet and greet is now at a nice guesthouse with swimming pool not a hostel - 28 nights in designated accommodation - All facilities and equipment for work at the centre - English speaking programme facilitator - All activities included in “Project Days” - All overland transfers as per itinerary - Food allowance - Transfers are by road, not air. - All airport transfers are included.
- Airfare - Camera fees - Insurance - Individual transfers (if outside the itinerary) - Any items not stated in the list above - Items of a personal nature - Internal return flight to Ketapang on Day 3 of project - please liaise with volunteer management team regarding flight required - Alcohol and soft drinks are not included
You will be collected from the airport at Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia and transferred to your accommodation for the next two nights. At 7pm there is a welcome dinner with the project leaders, where you will get to meet the other volunteers. Volunteers arriving earlier in the day are free to explore the safe city of Kuching where English is widely spoken.
One of the highlights of this project. Not only will you visit two rehabilitation centres in one day; but you will have the unique opportunity to be guided round them both by members of our team who have worked there for years and were responsible for many of the rescues, releases as well as the day to day care of the orangutans.
Another early start and you`ll transfer to the IAR site at Ketapang. Passing over the mountains that separate the borders of Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo you’ll cross the border at Tebedu interior road crossing. Arriving later that day you`ll settle into your accommodation (locally rented houses close to the project site and with most mod-cons) After a home cooked meal prepared by members of the local community you`ll meet the rest of the team along with seeing the orangutans you will have come so far to help. In the evening you`ll receive a detailed safety briefing along with details of the precise nature of what construction your team will be working with us on.
There`s no pretending that these days aren`t going to be challenging. For these days volunteers will be spending days helping with the construction of the new centre with other days spent working with the rescued orangutans currently housed in the jungle. A potent sense of motivation at this early stage (in this, our most important orangutan project to date) is that for each enclosure or cage that we help build there is sadly an orangutan waiting to fill it. That said our team have done the same at three different locations in Borneo before and are determined to continue their great work with this centre.
After goodbyes, it`s the end of project party depending on how tired you all are.
Your return plane journey or independent travel. Volunteers wishing to avoid the first 2 orangutan rehabilitation centres in Malaysian Borneo and coach journey to Indonesian Borneo may join the project by flying direct to Ketapang on the 7th of the month at your own cost.